is it called Byron Bay?
Bay was named by Captain James Cook on 15 May 1770, after
John Byron, a navigator and the grandfather of the poet
From a portrait by Sir Joshua Reynolds
HON. JOHN (I72,~I786), British vice-admiral, second
son. of the 4th Lord Byron, and grandfather of the poet,
was born on the 8th of November 1723. While still very
young, he accompanied Anson in his voyage of discovery
round the world. During many successive years he saw a
great deal of hard service, and so constantly had he to
contend, on his various expeditions, with adverse gales
and dangerous storms, that he was nicknamed by the sailors,
Foul-weather Jack. It is to this that Lord
Byron alludes in his Epistle to Augusta:
A strange doom is thy fathers sons,
Recalling as it lies beyond redress,
for him our grandsiies fate of yore,
had no rest at sea, nor I on shore.
Among his other expeditions was that to Louisburg ~n.
1760, where he was sent in command of a squadron to destroy
the fortifications. And in 1764 in the Dolphin
he went for a prolonged cruise in the South Seas. In 1768
he published a Narrative of some of his early adventures
with Anson, which was to some extent utilized by his grandson
in Don Juan. In 1769 he was appointed governor of Newfoundland.
In 1775 he attained
his flag rank, and in 1778 became a vice-admiral. In the
same year he was despatched with a fleet to watch the
movements of the Count dEstaing, and in July 1779
fought an indecisive engagement with him off Grenada.
He soon after returned to England, retiring into private
life, and died on the 10th of April 1786.
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